Korey Billbury signs deal with Italian Pro Club


RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Men’s basketball standout Korey Billbury will continue his hoops career in 2016-17 with Italian pro club U.S. Basket Recanati.

Billbury is the 24th VCU Men’s Basketball player to sign a professional contract since the end of the 2003-04 season.

“I am excited to begin my pro career in a beautiful country like Italy,” Billbury said in a team press release. “I’ve heard great things about Recanati and its people. I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Located in the city of the same name, Recanati plays in Italy’s Serie A2 league. The team finished 8-22 in 2015-16.

“Korey is a player who has had significant experience at the college level having played in a very competitive conference like the Atlantic 10 where he had the chance to compete at the highest levels by playing against a selection of players of the highest level,” said Recanati Head Coach Marco Calvani. “I liked his good reliability in the three-point shot at the same time is a player who knows how to attack the iron with the right hand and with his left.”

The fifth-year senior transfer from Oral Roberts was a critical piece of VCU’s 25-win, Atlantic 10 Co-Championship team. Billbury, who averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Rams, capped his senior campaign with an NCAA win over Oregon State in Oklahoma City.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.
  • john m
  • July 11, 2016
I loved watching Billbury play, wish he'd been around longer. Glad to see him get to keep in the game.